CRNA Jobs?

  1. I am in the beginning of nursing school. I am planning my path to my future and I am almost positive CRNA is the path I want to take. My question is... Once I become a CRNA are there many jobs? I don't seem to see them listed. I worry I will go through it all and then not find a job or not have options in where I want to live because there are such few to choose from. Does anyone have any info? It would be great to hear it:-)
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    About sunshineintheforest

    Joined: Aug '10; Posts: 41; Likes: 14
    TCA/CNA; from US
    Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience


  3. by   MsbossyRN
    Visit job websites and type it in to see how many positions are being offered at that hospital. I know at one hospital in my area its not listed under nursing jobs, but under medical jobs, NP is listed there too. I think its great that you are doing your research now. Just remember that by the time you finish school the job market could be better or worse. But if its something you really want to do then go for it!
  4. by   PostOpPrincess
    You've got a long road. You should worry about it, IF you pass nursing school, IF you get a license and IF you get a job...that's about 7 years down the road before you even start CRNA school. Start asking these questions when you're ready to apply...
  5. by   netglow
    Right now is a bad time for nursing. Many of us are out of work these days. I've seen openings for CRNAs.

    As how the market will be for you once you need to work as a nurse, no one can say. I have heard scuttlebutt about how there are many programs opening to get in on the quick cash, and like registered nursing, CRNAs are beginning to get pumped into the system. Some anesthetists say they already notice a dumbing down occurring in the system, and there is a noticeable widening knowledge gap. BTW, I am sure you know you will have to work as an ICU nurse for a while as a prereq for your CRNA. If you really want this, than you should do it. But you also should save some money to live on in case your plans get delayed somewhere along the line.
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    crna job board: [color=#1111cc] - crna

    see many professional positions at: bizjournals

    due to this specialty market, you will not find positions posted on regular nursing jobsites.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Aug 26, '10
  7. by   Annaiya
    Take a deep breath and don't worry about it. You have years yet before you graduate from CRNA school and the job market will be very different by then. Healthcare is changing and our economy will hopefully improve. New grad CRNA jobs are harder to get now than they used to be, but that will change with time. I'd be more concerned about being able to get an ICU job, since you will need a couple years ICU RN experience before you can apply to CRNA school. And those can be very hard to come by in this economy. The best thing you can do for yourself right now is make sure you get straight As in school.
  8. by   Zaphod

    if I had a penny for every time i heard
    But yes, jobs wont dissapear, but I think the compensation will go down for everyone in healthcare.
  9. by   jencru
    there are still a lot of CRNA jobs out there. do realize that nurse anesthesia will be a doctorate program starting 2015. not a masters program anymore
  10. by   wtbcrna
    Seven years is the bare minimum of time it takes to become a CRNA, and that is if you get done with your BSN in exactly 4yrs, do only 1 year of acute care, get into school on your 1st time, and goto a school that is only 2yrs long (most nurse anesthesia schools are 2.5 - 3yrs and that is slowly increasing as more schools adopt a Doctorate instead of Masters degree). The average time it takes from start of college to becoming a CRNA is probably somewhere around 10+yrs for most CRNAs.
  11. by   nursein2012
    It's frustrating to see everyone keep posting that it's a bad time for nursing. The truth is: It depends where you live/where you want to work. Just do some research in your area or wherever you want to work. Don't let anyone discourage you!
  12. by   sunshineintheforest
    Thanks so much guys for all the advice. To answer a few questions.. I do realize that I need a year of ICU. I am already employed at a hospital and have some connections, so when I finish my A.S. in nursing (which I am a year from doing because I have ALL non nursing classes finished I plan to immediately start an RN to BSN through an online state school my school is affiliated with. It will be 14, 7 week classes to finish that up. In that time I plan to get in my ICU experience. I work on a med surg floor now as a TCA.

    All in all it would actually be about 4 years until I would be applying to CRNA school. I already researched what school I want and I will meet all the requirements after my BSN and 1 yr. ICU completion. I know 4 years sounds far but once school starts back up for me it will be pretty much non stop till the finish, so time will fly not to mention I already took my sciences which I got all A's in and there is a 5 year limit on them being good and I would hate to have to take them again.. not only because of money but time. So this is why for anyone thinking I'm getting ahead of why I am thinking about this now
  13. by   blackberrie_281
    Im so glad to hear another young woman like myself who is on the ball and does her homework! So many people here wanna say not to start "early", but how else you going to make sure you fufill all the requirements on time? for example, if you didnt look up the schools requirements and got pushed back from entering CRNA school for bout 5 yrs, youd have to do a whole bunch of unnecessary work. just one out of many other examples.
    There isnt anything wrong with achieving wat you want in life by "starting early", dont let anyone tell you otherwise.
  14. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from jencru
    there are still a lot of CRNA jobs out there. do realize that nurse anesthesia will be a doctorate program starting 2015. not a masters program anymore
    CRNA programs aren't mandated to switch to doctorate until 2025. Other APN programs are switching in 2015.